Donald Trump says he is considering releasing footage of the raid which killed Baghdadi

Donald Trump says he is considering releasing footage of the raid which killed Baghdadi
# 28 October 2019 17:59 (UTC +04:00)

Donald Trump said on Monday he may release the footage of the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi amid questions about his description of it, APA reports citing Daily Mail.

'We're thinking about it. We may. The question was, am I considering releasing video footage of the raid. And we may take certain parts of it and release it, yes,' the president told reporters at Joint Base Andrews as he prepared to leave for Chicago, where he will address an annual police officers meeting and attend party fundraisers.  

President Trump watched the special forces operation to kill Baghdadi via drone footage, instead of a body-worn camera, so did not see the moment the ISIS leader died, according to military and intelligence officials.

Trump announced the success of the raid in a press conference, saying that  Baghdadi died 'whimpering and crying and screaming', and 'like a dog and a coward'.

He described the video footage he watched as 'something really amazing to see' and that it was 'as though you were watching a movie'. Helicopters carried US special forces to the compound of Baghdadi where he was hiding near Idlib in northwestern Syria.

Half way around the world, Trump watched the raid in real-time via a video link as troops blasted into the hideout and sent the most-wanted militant running the last steps of his life before detonating a suicide belt.

Surveillance footage on several video screens showing various angles of the overhead maneuvers were relayed via drone to multiple screens in the Situation Room at the White House.

However, military sources said the president would not have been able to see what was happening inside the compound or the moment Baghdadi fled to a dead-end tunnel with three of his children, according to the New York Times.